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UPDATE: Subject Matter Eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 – Abstract Ideas

May 17, 2016 | Alert | By Michael Van Loy, Lily Zhang

All patent applications submitted to the United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) are examined subject to the requirements set forth in 35 U.S.C. §§101, 102, 103, 112, which respectively address patent eligibility, novelty, inventiveness (e.g. non-obviousness), and disclosure and other formal requirements (e.g., enablement, written description, and clarity/definiteness).
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - May 2016

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In this issue we feature Gotham Greens, an amazing company growing premium quality lettuces and herbs on large urban rooftops in NYC and Chicago. Environmentally conscious and also fast-growing, Gotham Greens epitomizes the ideal of creating meaningful economic value by doing good! We also highlight a number of interesting legal proposals that could affect email privacy and angel investing. Additionally, we discuss a new law that will facilitate the resales of securities of private companies and a new tax credit for biotech companies based in NYC.
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MintzTech Industry Update - The HALOS Act & The Email Privacy Act

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Industry Update - The HALOS Act & The Email Privacy Act
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Mintz to Present on Series A Funding at the Cambridge Innovation Center

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

The Venture Café Foundation believes that every person with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur, regardless of background, origin, or education. The company is a Massachusetts Not­for­Profit Corporation, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to connect the innovation community, expand the definition of innovation, and build a more inclusive innovation economy. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through workspaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

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MintzTech Innovator Profile - Gotham Greens

May 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Our client Gotham Greens is pioneering the urban agriculture field by providing its diverse retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with premium-quality lettuces and herbs grown from rooftop greenhouses in NYC and Chicago. The company’s pesticide-free, non-GMO produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods, meeting the highest standards of food safety. Sent to local stores and grocers, its crops are designed for eating, not travel. But the real innovation lies in Gotham Greens’s 100% clean energy–powered, climate-controlled, urban greenhouses, which produce over 50% more crops than conventional greenhouses while using 25% less energy per pound.

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MintzTech Leaders in the News - 2016 MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Mintz is proud to be one of the exclusive legal sponsors of the 2016 MIT 100K Competition providing mentorship to semi-finalists and support for the many events during the course of the competition.
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MintzTech Innovator Profile - Conduce

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This month we turn the spotlight on Conduce, our client in beautiful Carpinteria, California, that is transforming the way companies see and understand all of their data to make better decisions. Conduce gives leaders a single pane of glass where they can see internal and external data from any source, and explore it any way they want — any data from any source in a single intuitive interface. It puts people in the middle of their data.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - February 2016

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

As the Northeast begins (hopefully) to thaw out and we head into an early spring (so said the Groundhog), we are excited to deliver our new issue of MintzTech Connect — our bimonthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of course.

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Looking Above and Beyond: The Evolving UAS and Drone Regulations

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Sahir Surmeli, Jonathan T. Cain

There’s a lot going on in the world of drone or unmanned aerial system (UAS) regulation in the United States. Companies from start-ups to large defense contractors are pursuing commercial opportunities to develop drones and drone technology. At Mintz we are working with companies engaged in UAS manufacturing, aerial survey, and commercial cinematography to help them navigate the complex of regulations.

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Current Motor Wins 2015 Michigan MobiPrize

December 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Mintz was excited to see its client, Current Motor, win the second annual Michigan MobiPrize. Presented by NextEnergy and the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART), the award honors Michigan-based mobility entrepreneurs who are developing and commercializing innovative mobility solutions in Michigan.

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Pure Energy Partners Publishes Cleanweb Report

December 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Mintz is very excited to announce the launch of “The State of the Cleanweb“ report, which we are proud to support. Within, resources and energy are referred to as “software’s next meal” — and you’ll want to know why! The report was produced by SuperCollider with data powered by CB Insights, and is also supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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MintzTech Innovator Profiles - YieldStreet & ChyronHego

December 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Innovator Profiles - YieldStreet & ChyronHego
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Impact Investing: Doing Well by Doing Good

December 15, 2015 | Article

From the days of divesting assets from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa and withholding investments to protest big tobacco, values-based investing has come a long way. And it’s no longer just about hippie companies like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which pioneered the concept of corporate social responsibility. With impact investing, investors are now seeking to use the markets to solve the toughest challenges of our time, such as financial inclusion, climate change, access to health care, and affordable housing. So what exactly is impact investing?

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - December 2015

December 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Welcome to the second issue of MintzTech Connect — our bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of course. This issue contains some key industry news, profiles on two exciting companies, an article about the ever growing “impact investing” space, and an amazing CleanWeb Report on which we collaborated with other industry participants. Also, don’t miss the list of events taking place in key start-up hubs around the country.

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Regulation Crowdfunding & The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

December 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Industry Updates - Regulation Crowdfunding & The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
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MintzTech - Helping The Hult Prize Finalists

October 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Leaders in the News - Helping The Hult Prize Finalists
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Citizen VC Launches Online Venture Capital Platform

October 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Citizen VC Launches Online Venture Capital Platform
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MintzTech Innovator Profile - Cylance

October 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Innovator Profile - Cylance
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - October 2015

October 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

We are thrilled to provide you with the first issue of MintzTech Connect, a bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of course. We intend MintzTech Connect to be a periodic, easily digestible update for you to hear what we in the Technology Practice at Mintz are doing and seeing in the industry. Each issue will contain a profile of a company that is making headlines in the technology world in any number of ways, which may include its novel technology, its approach to a particular issue, and itsimpact on the world of sustainability, clean technology, or even biotechnology. Our philosophy is that “every company is a technology company” in one way or another and technology pervades our lives in many interesting and unique ways — MintzTech Connect will aim to highlight and identify many of those ways. In addition, each issue will provide you with important updates in the industry from a legal and/or regulatory perspective, or will identify areas in which change may be forthcoming. In this highly regulated industry it is important to keep abreast of the ever-changing landscape, and we will help you do just that. Finally, each issue will contain an abbreviated list of upcoming events taking place in the major technology hubs around the country so that you can pick and choose where to focus your energy in the next few months. We are excited to share our inaugural issue with you and sincerely hope you enjoy it and share it with friends and colleagues. Stay tuned for more from us in the coming months!

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MintzTech Industry Update - Cybersecurity & Data Breach

October 15, 2015 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech Industry Update - Cybersecurity & Data Breach
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